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Global Studies

Administrative Unit:Global Studies
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Minors and Certificates:Doctoral Minor


The global studies minor is both interdepartmental and interdisciplinary. Global Studies and the Center for World Affairs (WAGE) jointly support the minor, which draws on faculty expertise and courses from more than 30 departments and programs across all colleges. The vast majority of listed courses are housed in Letters & Science departments.

Doctoral Minor 

A doctoral minor in global studies will be of interest to doctoral students who plan for careers in public policy, research, and academia, as well as those interested in careers in government, media, and the private and nonprofit sectors. The minor emphasizes systemic approaches to globalization in an interdisciplinary context, thereby distinguishing itself from existing graduate course work in international studies that emphasize specialization in particular areas of the world (e.g., East Asian studies or African studies) or specific aspects of globalization (e.g., global health or global legal studies). The minor is intended to provide doctoral students with an institutional setting to pursue the study of globalization as a complement to their major degree program.


Students who minor in global studies will be required to take the core Global Studies Graduate Seminar (IS 720) and related course work. In addition to the 3-credit Global Studies Graduate Seminar, students must take 9 credits from a list of approved courses. Students must take one course from three of the four categories: (1) Global Culture and Humanity, (2) Global Commons, (3) World Affairs and the Global Economy, and (4) Human Security and Global Citizenship. See the program website for the course listing.

For more information: Global Studies, 301 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-265-2631; info@global.wisc.edu; global.wisc.edu.